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What Do You Think?

May 11, 2008

Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. Each Sunday, a sampling of edited reader comments will run in The Herald-Mail.

Last week there were three poll questions. The first question was: Would receiving a break on your property taxes make it worthwhile to have slot machines in your state?

"It's like taking a bucket of water from the deep end of a pool and dumping it into the shallow end. Funny thing - the water in the shallow end doesn't get any deeper. So don't think they will give you a break."

"There is no such thing as a break on property taxes. They will just juggle the terminology around and say the rates are staying the same, but your assessment went up, causing your tax to go up. And now police and fire and regulation must go up to cover the slots parlors, and more counselors for gambling addicts. And more specialized teachers to teach kids how bad gambling is. Why aren't assessments going down now that houses are worth less? We are going to need a huge tea party before this incessant increase in taxes stops."

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"The tax break on property is a means of getting us to say yes to slots. How will we know if we got a break? We are being taxed to death now with the sales tax, stamp tax, tax on your savings, death tax, income tax which takes your income until the middle of April to pay for a year. I would need a lot more space to list all the taxes we have. It would be nice to see how much money I really have for my family after the government gets theirs."

"This is my question: Why were lottery and slots banned the first time? Because they were corrupted, and we know that the lottery has been found corrupt in several states since it has been reintroduced. Granted, once it's found and made public, they make a show of correcting it, but this shows it no better than it was after the Civil War when this was big the first time. Everyone knows that slot machines are fixed and the payoff is set for the house. Last, if the state needs this much money that means they are overspending. We must live within our means so must the state not keep adding new ways to transfer funds from others."

The second question was: What is the top issue in the presidential election?

"Health care."

"I choose the economy. It could get better or it could get worse. I do not see how raising taxes on oil companies is going to lower the cost of gas. I see it as causing it to go higher. Energy cost, immigration and health care are all a part of the economy. All can make or break us."

"Go back to sleep America. Your government is in control."

"Like so many things, it's very difficult to isolate just one issue because they are all interconnected. How can you not discuss immigration without bringing in the economy, education and health care? How can you discuss the environment without addressing energy or Iraq? You can't. Because everything's connected in some way. But the candidates' past is like saying a headline on the National Enquirer is a matter of national security. Get real and focus on what matters."

"The top issue is how to retake control of our government (local and national) from big business (foreign and domestic) along with bringing back sound money. Everything else will start falling in place after that."

"For close to two years, I have said to friends and family that the economy was in trouble. I knew too many people who had been out of work for more than a year and have yet to find jobs even close to the salary range they were getting. I, myself, am making 10 percent less than I was in 2002 with less benefits. I also know too many people who are in way over their heads on their mortgages. ..."

"Let's ask ourselves these questions. Who profits from the Iraq war? Big Business. Who profits from rising energy costs? Big Business. Who is in control of health care? Big Business. Who profits from Homeland Security? Big Business. Who are the largest destroyers of the Earth? Big Business. Who hires the most illegal immigrants? Big Business. (In this case it's our own government, which is controlled by, ... you guessed it, Big Business). Who is the Federal Reserve? Big Business. Who created the mortgage mess? Big Business. Who's on TV glazing your eyes and filling your hearts with lust and envy? Big Business. Look behind the politicians at the people in those 'key' appointed positions. Guess who you'll find? Big Business."

The third question was: Do you think taking state government to municipalities around Maryland under the Capital for a Day program is a good idea?

"Who pays for the gas and the people's time? If it's the taxpayers. I say no."

"They have enough problems to solve. I don't think they need to leave Annapolis, and I don't want to pay for it."

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